Ashbourne Hilltop
Primary and Nursery School

with ERS Provision

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We use the Letters and Sounds programme to deliver daily discrete phonics lessons in FS and KS1, enabling children to decode efficiently.  This is continued into KS2 where necessary, with children joining the relevant phase phonics lessons.


Teachers model reading strategies during shared reading sessions, whilst children have the opportunity to develop reading strategies and to discuss texts in detail during guided reading sessions.  In KS1 children also have the opportunity to read 1:1 with an adult at least twice a week.  As the children move through the school, opportunities to read independently for a sustained period of time are afforded to them.


A range of reading schemes are used to support early readers as well as book banded 'read books' used for guided reading.  Teaching assistants support reading activities to ensure that children have more frequent opportunities to read with adults.  At Ashbourne Hilltop's Juniors we use Accelerated Reader and our children are assessed regularly by taking mini quizzes.


Many exciting and rewarding activities are arranged in school to promote the pleasure and knowledge that can be gained from books, i.e. 'Book Week'.  Book Weeks include visits by published authors, skilled story tellers from many cultures, performances by professional theatre groups, making books, using drama, dance and music to illustrate texts.  The 'Rainbow Reading Challenge' promotes the importance of reading at home - children collect colourful badges throughout this challenge celebrating their reading over the year.